Mérieux Foundation event

Communication of vaccine benefits beyond the infection prevented

4 - 6 December 2017 - Les Pensieres Center for Global Health, Veyrier du Lac (France)


Immunization is one of the greatest medical success stories of the 20th century and its benefits have been widely recognized and documented. However, today’s environment reflects little attention to, and a lack of confidence in vaccines. Communication to, and engagement of citizens through new technologies may help regain trust in vaccination and its benefits. In addition, it is less known that vaccination benefit goes beyond the infection prevented. The aim of this conference is to debate and illustrate this assertion through examples, information sharing and presentation of innovative digital initiatives. The outcome of this conference could lead to scientific and political actions in favor of recognizing the full benefits of immunization.

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Day 1 Monday, December 4

Day 2 Tuesday, December 5

Day 3 Wednesday, December 6

  • 18:20 - 19:00

    Keynote address - Effect of vaccination on antimicrobial resis-tance: the example of the Impact of conjugate pneumo¬coccal vaccines on antibiotic resistance

    Robert COHEN

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Session 1 - Effect of vaccination on chronic/non-communicable diseases

Chair: Florence BARON-PAPILLON

  • 9:00 - 9:20

    The effect of vaccination against infections on cancer: the example of Hep B and HPV vaccines

    Mark KANE

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  • 9:40 - 10:00

    The public health importance of vaccination: protection beyond the vaccinee

    Albert OSTERHAUS

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  • 10:40 - 11:00

    The contribution of nurses in protecting people from influenza in England

    Louise LETLEY

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  • 11:20 - 11:40

    Developing communication strategies on vaccine benefits and risks: ADVANCE guidance for public-private collaborations

    Priya Bahri and Tin Tin Htar Myint

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Session 2 - Immunization and healthy ageing and the use of vaccines to improve the quality of life

Chair: Paolo BONANNI

  • 12:00 - 12:20

    Vaccines adding life to later years: WHO perspective

    Martin FRIEDE

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  • 14:15 - 14:35

    Herpes zoster vaccination and quality of life in ageing population

    Tino SCHWARZ

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  • 14:55 - 15:15

    Scientific and policy momentum to support active and healthy ageing

    Gaetan GAVAZZI

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  • 15:35 - 15:55

    Immunisation in an ageing society

    David SINCLAIR

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Sessions 3 - How vaccination contributes to the sustainability and efficiency of health care systems: case studies

Chair: Martin FRIEDE

  • 16:30 - 16:50

    The case in Libya

    Suleiman ABUSREWIL

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  • 17:10 - 17:30

    Controlled direct effect of measles vaccination on markers of infectious disease among children 9-59 months of age in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Hayley Renee ASHBAUGH

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Session 4 - Getting benefits beyond disease prevention across

Chair: Pascale COTTIN

  • 8:30 - 9:00

    WHO-validated websites provide trustworthy information on vaccine safety (the VSN) and the VSN web analytics project

    Isabelle SAHINOVIC

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  • 8:30 - 9:00

    WHO-validated websites provide trustworthy information on vaccine safety (the VSN) and the VSN web analytics project

    Alberto TOZZI

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  • 9:15 - 9:35

    Using Internet-based information to complement traditional healthcare-based disease surveillance

    Mauricio Santillana

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  • 9:50 - 10:10

    Building actionable and collaborative dengue surveillance

    Nicholas BROOKE

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  • 11:00 - 11:20

    Use of text messaging to support completion of vaccination schedules

    Melissa STOCKWELL

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  • 11:35 - 11:55

    Advances in epidemic forecasting & implications for vaccination

    Michael JOHANSSON

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  • 14:35 - 15:00

    Closing lecture - The "Fluad Case" in Italy: Could it have been dealt differently?

    Paolo BONANNI

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